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Dotty Hexagon Pillow

Heidi Staples Stash Books ePub

Dotty
Hexagon Pillow

PILLOW SIZE: 17˝ × 12˝

Here’s your chance to give hexagons a try! Grab a stack of solid-color charm squares and put together this salute to the color spectrum. If you’re feeling feisty, try making the pillow with prints instead of solids. Either way it’s bound to brighten up your next rainy day.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS AND CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

Dotty Hexagon Pillow

17˝ × 12˝, featuring Kona Cotton Solids by Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Making the Pillow

BLOCK ASSEMBLY

If this is your first time with hexagons, be sure to do a little research on basting the hexagons and sewing them together. See Resources for links. If you’re already a hexie fan, be sure to check out Tacha Bruecher’s masterpiece Hexa-Go-Go for some incredible project ideas!

1Baste each trimmed charm square to a 1¼˝ hexagon paper foundation, using your preferred method.

2Refer to the Hexagon Assembly diagram to arrange the hexagons into 7 rows, 4 with 8 hexagons each and 3 with 9 hexagons each. Space the white hexagons among the colored ones.

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Starlet Mini Quilt

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Starlet
Mini Quilt

QUILT SIZE: 28˝ × 28˝

BLOCK SIZE: 24˝ × 24˝

I love making a project with giant quilt blocks. It gives me the chance to make something a little more intricate, and it only takes a few blocks to make a good-sized project. One block makes a lovely mini quilt for your wall or table, but don’t stop there. Check out Bright Idea! for more variations.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS AND CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

Starlet Mini Quilt

28˝ × 28˝

Making the Quilt

BLOCK ASSEMBLY

1Right sides together, pair the following 6˝ squares:

+1 pair of white/black

+2 pairs of red/black

+4 pairs of white/red

2Refer to Half-Square Triangle Quartet to make 4 half-square triangles from each pair of squares, for 28 total. Trim each to 3½˝ square.

Make 4 half-square triangles from each pair of squares.

3Follow the Block Unit Assembly diagram to make 1 center unit, 4 corner units, and 4 side units.

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Nine-Patch Pocket Pillows

Heidi Staples Stash Books ePub

Nine-Patch
Pocket Pillows

DELUXE PINCUSHION SIZE: 5½˝ × 6½˝ with 4½˝ pocket

FIRST AID STATION SIZE: 16˝ × 16˝ with 10˝ pocket, plus 5¾˝ × 4½˝ zippered pouch and 6½˝ × 5˝ cold pack

BOOK NOOK SIZE: 26˝ × 26˝ with 20˝ pocket

This is a fairly simple project, but oh, the possibilities when you change the size and add a few accessories! Use similar construction methods but vary the size to make a pincushion, first aid station, or library cushion. A variety of Nine-Patch blocks enhance each project.

Deluxe Pincushion

5½˝ × 6½˝ with 4½˝ pocket

Make your pincushion work overtime by adding a pocket for embroidery scissors and sewing clips. A miniature Nine-Patch block is a great way to show off your favorite tiny prints.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS AND CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

Making the Pincushion

Seam allowances are ¼˝ unless otherwise noted.

NINE-PATCH POCKET

1Arrange the 1½˝ squares into a 3 × 3 grid. Sew together to make a Nine-Patch block.

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Double-Zip Clutch

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Double-Zip
Clutch

CLUTCH SIZE: 11˝ × 8½˝ closed, 11˝ × 17˝ open

This project is probably the most adaptable one in the book. Adjust the size, fabric choices, and inner pocket formation to make a gift that will fit just about any situation. See Bright Idea!.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS AND CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

Double-Zip Clutch

opens to 11˝ × 17˝ to hold stationery or other items

Making the Clutch

Seam allowances are ¼˝ unless otherwise noted.

Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of the fabrics for the exterior, inner pocket, and flap. See Supplies.

INSIDE POCKETS

1Right sides together, fold the inner pocket fabric in half to make a rectangle 12˝ × 8˝. Stitch the raw edges together along the 12˝ side.

2Fuse the 7¾˝ × 12˝ interfacing rectangle to one side of the inner pocket unit. Turn the unit right side out. Press. Topstitch ¼˝ from the edge of each 12˝ side.

Add interfacing, turn the unit right side out, press, and topstitch.

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Joy

Heidi Staples Stash Books ePub

One of my biggest achievements in the past year was to begin teaching my three daughters how to sew. My girls were still pretty young when we got started—just three, four, and six years old—but they had been begging to do this with me for months. I wasn’t entirely sure how I was going to make it all work, especially with the many dangers that lurk in the corners of a sewing room. Access to the cutting board was definitely out, and I didn’t want them going near the sewing machine unless I was running the show. I finally decided that I would let them have total creative control in the design process and limited participation in the actual sewing.

I spent several days sewing small quilts with my daughters that fall, and now I look back on it as one of the best things I ever did. Every part of the process was an adventure to them. They loved digging through my scrap pile, picking out their favorite colors and prints, figuring out a quilt design, and putting their hands on top of mine as we sewed together. I loved hearing their funny little jokes, holding them close on my lap, and listening to their dreams while we worked together. Their fearlessness as artists took my breath away. They knew exactly what they liked, and they embraced it with arms wide open. There were moments when they were so excited about what we were doing that they would actually start giggling with pure happiness.

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